Ghana Educational Tour: All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary. All accommodations as specified in this itinerary. All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner indicated on the itinerary as B, L, D. One bottled water or soda with meals. Entrance fees for all tours and excursions specified in the itinerary. Professional English-speaking guide. Please Check inclusion for details.
Depart from the U.S.A. on overnight flight to Accra, Ghana.
Arrive in Accra Airport and be met by our local representative and transfer group to your hotel. Hotels check in is at 3.00 pm. Shortly after check in; join the rest of the group for a "welcome and orientation meeting". Later enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight (D)
After breakfast, depart for a full day city tour of Accra visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography with exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana through-out history to the present. This Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts. Proceed to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum, burial place of the first President of Ghana. The Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries. Visit the National Museum, W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan Africanism and National Theatre. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Afterwards, drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square - Accra’s ceremonial grounds. View in the distance Christiansburg Castle, office of the President of Ghana. Continue to visit the Craft Market. View a varied collection of Ghanaian hand-crafted items on sale. You may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors. Later return to your hotel and have dinner at the hotel (on your own) Overnight. (B/L)
Enjoy an early morning breakfast at your hotel and shortly after, depart Accra for the Central Region. Enroute stop at Baba Blankets at Weija, a Fair Trade Organization that gives women a chance at economic independence. Continue to Elmina. Drive along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut lined beaches. Later visit the Elmina Castle, the first and oldest European structure built of any substance on African soil. This was built by the Portuguese in1482 and later used as an auction market for a comprehensive guided tour. See the slave dungeons and condemn cells where slave who attempted to escape were incarcerated. View its utterly distinct architecture. Check in to your hotel. Later enjoy dinner at One Africa Restaurant, a restaurant is owned by a family of African Americans who have repatriated to Ghana. After dinner, visit the family’s Historical Diaspora Museum to experience! Learn more about the African people in the Diaspora and on the Continent. Overnight: (B/D)
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and then depart Cape Coast University to learn more about their educational system. Later enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and shortly after, continue your tour with a visit to Cape Coast Castle which was originally started by the Swedes in 1652. It served as the headquarters and seat of the British colonial government until 1877. Go on a comprehensive tour of the Castle, the Slave Dungeons and the West African Heritage Museum. The guide will lead you to slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where slaves were bargained and sold. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight: (B/L/D)
After an early morning breakfast, depart for Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Drive through many scenic villages and charming towns. Note the changes from coastal shrubs to forest belt. En route stop at Assin Manso to visit the burial Site of the remains of the two ancestors exhumed from New York’s Wall Street and Jamaica Kingston (Samuel Carson from New York & Crystal from Jamaica) and re-interred on the Emancipation Day 1998. Visit the “Enslaved African River”. Continue to Kumasi Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue after lunch for a city tour of Kumasi visiting the Manhyia Palace – residence of the Ashanti King and Palace Museum National Cultural Centre, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, the famous Okomfo Anokye Sword and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Check into your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant Overnight: (B/L/D)
Shortly after breakfast, visit a few Ashanti craft villages to see the skill and imagination of local craftsmen using simple tools and traditional technology to produce breath taking artifacts and designs from which you may pick souvenirs for friends and family back home. Visit Ahwiaa – the woodcarver’s village specializing in woodcarving such as the Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks. Proceed to visit Ntonso – Adinkra cloth and tie-and-dye process where you will have an opportunity to create your own designs and Bonwire for the famous Kente cloth. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight: (B/L/D)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Akosombo in the Eastern Region. Enroute stop at Krobo-Odumase to visit Cedi’s Beads Factory to observe the intriguing bead making process. Watch the centuries old process of bead making from start to finish. Visit the bead shop to shop for family and friends back home. Continue to Akosombo Lunch at river front facility. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight: (B/L/D)
Early breakfast and then depart Akosombo to Torgorme Village. Arrive and participate in a Naming Ceremony where you will be given Traditional Ghanaian names based on Ewe Traditional culture. You will be offered small pots bearing your Ewe dairy names. (For the Naming Ceremony your names and date of birth are required. This should be written in this order Date – Month - Year). Later, visit homes, a school and a potter. Depart for Accra. Arrive by evening and have farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer to airport for departure. (B/D )
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